Avaya Carried the Sochi Olympic Torch in the Prettiest Town in all Russia
Suzdal is a tiny, ancient town located 220 kilometers northeast of Moscow. It also happens to be a picture-perfect tourist attraction, deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beautiful onion dome-topped cathedrals, made both out of white stone and wood. Here are some pictures that blew me away (click on them to view larger versions):
Here's a great English-language link if these pix spark your interest in Suzdal's history and architecture.
As the official network supplier for the Sochi 2014 Olympics, Avaya and its honored guests got a chance to visit this bucolic, historic village last Thursday and participate in the hallowed tradition of carrying the Olympic torch on its journey before the Games begin in February. (Click here to read the inside story of the massive, 54 Tbps backbone we have built in Sochi).
Here's Avaya Global Growth Markets President Michael Bayer carrying the 4-pound aluminum torch.
Avaya Managing Director for Russia, CIS and Israel, Alexander Parkhomenko, also had a turn.
Check out Avaya Russia's Facebook album to see more photos.
While Sochi is unlikely to feature a torch-bearing ski jumper signalling the beginning of the Games (as happened in 1994 in Lilliehammer, Norway), this year's relay is still one of the most ambitious ever, set to break records from previous Winter (and even Summer) Olympic Games.
Over 123 days, 14,000 people will carry the torch in a winding, 56,000 kilometer path around Russia that will visit 2,900 towns and allow 90% of Russia's population to come out and view it. Like they did in Suzdal last Thursday.
Posted 20 Oct 2013 at 09:40 PM